Call me shocked, just shocked to find that there's gambling with California's future in this election.
The state legislator responsible for placing Proposition 23, the anti-climate measure, on the ballot is...a climate zombie. And one of Proposition 23's out of state dirty energy supporters, Koch Industries, Patient Zero of the climate zombie infection is holding a fundraiser Thursday night for climate zombie Senate wannabe Carly Fiorina.
WWMWD? Will Meg Whitman endorse Proposition 23 and its oil-soaked supporters, or will she join the forward-thinking California businesses who urge a no vote?
Proposition 23 seeks to "suspend" AB32, California's landmark global warming law, until the Twelfth of Never unemployment reaches 5.5% for four quarters. Proposition 23's money is coming almost exclusively from out of state oil interests such as Valero Energy, Tesoro Energy, and Koch Industries. As a proxy for a national climate fight, the initiative is drawing national attention. A Koch-funded astroturf group, Americans for Prosperity, calls Proposition 23 our highest priority.
Stupid went viral and infected Logue. He's one of the climate zombies of the new GOP -- Republicans who deny climate science. He's also a back-bencher who will have very little impact on California politics if Proposition 23 fails. Far more high-profile is fellow climate zombie Carly Fiorina.
Not sure whether Fiorina is a climate zombie? Listen:
As a true climate zombie, Fiorina flaunts her corporate ties. Koch is one of two corporate sponsors of a fundraiser Thursday night. (The other is a plastic surgeons' PAC -- no misogynistic/ageist jokes, please.) All it takes to join her at an exclusive sponsor/host VIP reception is $5,000. A certain amount of avarice-fueled stupid won't hurt.
Governors, Senators, and low-level state legislators may come and go, but the effects of Proposition 23 -- whether it passes or fails -- will echo in California and the nation for years. Our choice is stark: build the clean technology future or burn the planet, leaving it fit for habitation only by the undead.
Full disclosure: as an unpaid volunteer, I wrote the No on Prop 23 for the California Democratic Party's cool new website. All opinions are my own.